The broad range of characters created by Gary Baseman represent the spectrum of the human condition – the complexities of love and longing, wonder and joy; sometimes with a touch of darkness. In furry, animal, or human form, these characters all celebrate the beauty of the bittersweetness of life.
“I create characters based on either a theme I’m exploring or what’s going on in my life, Gary Baseman says. “I take my worldview and then develop a narrative, with characters that exist for the art and for the memory. I used to say that ‘I don’t create characters, I just draw them.’ I still feel that’s the case. The characters manifest in multiple ways, revealing who they are through the long process of drawing or painting them.” (2020)